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UK universities say no to British applicants

August 14, 2009

LONDON, UK/LEIPZIG, Germany: Universities in the UK are reported to exploit a government policy that keeps British applicants out, while leaving no restrictions in terms of international applicants. According to newest figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency in London, the number of domestic higher education (HE) students enrolling at UK universities has stalled lately, while that of students coming to study from overseas has continued to rise.

IPS e.max lithium disilicate proves to be most durable

August 10, 2009

SCHAAN, Liechtenstein: Researchers at the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics at New York University College of Dentistry (NYU) recently determined through mechanical mouth-motion simulator testing that IPS e.max CAD lithium disilicate ceramic is the most robust all-ceramic material tested to date.

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Interview: ‘We are very pleased with the market launch of NobelProcera.’

August 6, 2009 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany/ZÜRICH, Switzerland: Nobel Biocare, a world leader in restorative and aesthetic dental solutions, provides dental professionals with root-to-tooth solutions, including dental implants, all-ceramic crowns, bridges and laminates, guided surgery planning, scanners, and biomaterials. Dental Tribune editor Daniel Zimmermann spoke to Domenico Scala, Nobel Biocare CEO, about current developments within the company and the dental market.

Course in advanced endodontics to be offered in Rome

July 23, 2009

NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA and ROME, Italy: Prof. Gianluca Gambarini and his associates at the University of Rome — Prof. Luca Testarelli, Dr Nicola M Grande and Dr Gianluca Plotino — are offering a postgraduate master program in Advanced Endodontics. The program consists of a one-week on-site stage in Rome, plus a one-year e-learning course.

Dentaid goes to China

July 15, 2009

LONDON, UK: Oral health charity Dentaid is planning to walk the Great Wall of China for its next fundraising trek from 19-28 September 2009. The 10-day trip will be diverse, following steep country tracks and visiting different parts of the Wall, the Black Dragon Paw Park, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, Dentaid officials said.

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Nobel Biocare chairman says he steps down in 2010

July 14, 2009 | Business

ZURICH, Switzerland: Nobel Biocare Chairman Rolf Soiron will step down at the Swiss dental implant maker's next annual general meeting in March next year at the latest, he was quoted on Saturday as saying in an interview. Soiron, who is also the chairman of cement maker Holcim and drugs industry supplier Lonza, said he now wants to focus more on organisations such as think-tank Avenir Suisse, of which he is president, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

OroScience signs distribution agreement with Oculus

July 14, 2009 | Business

PETALUMA, CA, USA: The US biopharmaceutical company Oculus Innovative Sciences, Inc., has announced to have entered an agreement with OroScience from the Netherlands for the distribution of their Microcyn-based oral products in the US, Canadian and European markets. While Oculus and OroScience work in concert to develop the products, Oculus will be able to offer these formulations also to its current and future partners or distributors outside the geographies covered by the agreement, including China, Mexico, India and select countries in the Middle East.

Nobel Biocare partners with Swiss CSC

July 9, 2009 | Business

FRANKFURT a. MAIN and LEIPZIG, Germany: The Swiss dental manufacturer Nobel Biocare has signed a seven-year IT services outsourcing contract with Computer Sciences Corporation. The Swiss branch of the US-based provider of technology solutions and services will assume responsibility for desktop and help desk services, as well as data center operations supporting 38 Nobel Biocare locations in 33 countries representing five continents. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Successful amalgam waste disposal: A report from Germany

July 2, 2009

LEIPZIG, Germany: Liquids slowly simmer in a small chamber of the factory. It is a company secret which liquids are at work in the never-ending distillation process, but the final product on the surface of three water basins shimmers like silver. Perhaps, the inspiration for the novel by the German author Karl May Treasure of Silver Lake may not have been the precious metal but rather pure mercury.

European dental market shows minor growth

June 30, 2009 | Business

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany/GÜMLIGEN-BERNE, Switzerland: The 2009 dental market report released by the Association of Dental Dealers in Europe (ADDE) has indicated a slight increase of 0.6 per cent of total sales in the European dental market. According to the new statistics, sundries sales in the EU increased by 1.5 per cent, while complete equipment sales declined by 2 per cent. Metal implants saw the biggest increase with 7 per cent.

Recession hits dentists in the UK

June 24, 2009

LONDON, UK: The number of dentists seeking financial help in the UK has risen as the credit crunch takes hold, according to the British Dental Association’s Benevolent Fund. Last year, the Fund saw a 50 per cent increase in applications for financial assistance over the previous year, and this rise continued in the first three months of 2009.  

Philips goes kid-friendly with new Sonicare

June 23, 2009 | Business

MUNICH and LEIPZIG, Germany: Philips has introduced a new Sonicare toothbrush aimed at children between ages 4 -10 at the 22nd meeting of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry in Munich in Germany. The new brush is based on the core Sonicare technology but is featuring less power than the adult version. It will also incorporate a number ‘kid friendly’ elements, such as a specifically designed ergonomic handle, a trainer timer or interchangeable decorative panels, the company said.

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Global network links dentists

June 22, 2009 | Business

GLASGOW, UK: A new global network that aims to unite dentists of Indian origin from around the world was recently launched at the British Dental Association conference in Glasgow in the UK. Created by former Chief Dental Officer of England, Prof. Raman Bedi, whose parents migrated from India in the 1950s, Dentalghar is expected to link thousands of dentists who share common values. Health care education market leader Smile-on and Henry Schein Minerva are supporting the project.

Swine flu could spread through teeth

June 18, 2009

LONDON, UK: Bad dental hygiene could increase the risk of swine flu, according to the British Dental Health Foundation. The organisation’s recent National Dental Survey has found that dreadful dental habits are helping spread germs, as 40 per cent of the UK population admit to picking their teeth with their fingernails. It has also revealed that people pick their teeth with everyday items such as earrings, credit cards, paper clips, paper and even screwdrivers.

UK health secretary pushes flouridation

June 11, 2009

The new Health Secretary for the UK Andy Burnham has urged health service managers to ‘press ahead with water fluoridation. Speaking at the NHS Confederation annual conference, he said that there is clear evidence that it can improve children’s dental health. ""I feel we’ve been too timid at times on the public health agenda," Mr Burnham said.

Dental snapshots in 3-D

June 11, 2009

JENA, Germany: Under contract by German dental company Hint-ELs, an expert team at the Fraunhofer Society have developed an optical digitisation system that scans the oral cavity and captures 3-D data of the teeth, using camera optics. The system is designed to facilitate the production of dental prostheses, in order to make the intricate and laborious route from bite impression and plaster mould to model scanning in the laboratory a thing of the past.

Discovery of new proteins may lead to more effective treatment of endocarditis

June 8, 2009

MALMÖ, Sweden: A research team at the Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University in Sweden has discovered two new proteins that are of importance to the survival of bacteria and their colonisation of the human body. Besides enhancing our knowledge of the ability of bacteria to spread, the findings may also lead to more effective treatment of endocarditis and infections associated with implants.

Interview with Dr Johannes Wamser and Mike Batra, Germany, about the dental market in India

May 26, 2009 | Business

The Indian market with a population of more than 1 billion people and an emerging middle class offers enormous potential for all kinds of industries. Dentistry is one of them. Editor Claudia Salwiczek spoke with Dr Johannes Wamser and Mike Batra from German consulting company Dr Wamser + Batra GmbH about the current market conditions in India and why foreign manufacturers of medical and dental equipment should start to invest now.

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